Our expert Guides will ensure you and your group see all the best hiking places in Ireland.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
1 & 2 Boot Walks: 2 grading levels available (beginners & experienced)
“Met new friends, learnt local culture from native residents. IWHB could not have planned it better.”
– Gerard, U.K., 2015
The charming county of Antrim in Northern Ireland is one of the best kept secrets in Irish tourism. In fact, this northeastern corner of Ireland is a magical place of scenic beauty and varied landscapes which are best discovered on foot, and a warm welcome awaits one and all. It is here that Ireland and Scotland are closest to each other, with just 12 miles separating them across the North Channel between Fair Head and the Mull of Kintyre. Bright days bring inspiring views of Ailsa Craig (‘Paddy’s Milestone’) in the Firth of Clyde, and the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura.
Please note: Departures and number of guides are subject to numbers; if groups have 6 persons or less – then only 1 Guide will escort them & our Guide will choose which walk is most suitable for each day depending on the level of ability in the group.
Not Included: Any boat trips, personal drinks, entrance fees to theatres, parks or museums etc., medical expenses or gratuities.
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Arrive to Coleraine and from there transfer to your first accommodation on the coast where you spend your first 2 nights. A courtesy transfer will be offered from Coleraine Bus/Train station at 16.00hrs arriving to your first accommodation on the Antrim Coast with time to check in before your Welcome Briefing. Your Guide will meet you at 18.00 hours, introduce you to your group & brief you on the coming days of your holiday. You will then walk to a nearby restaurant for your first dinner together & return later to your accommodation for your overnight.
After a delicious breakfast your first walk takes you to the coast to the famous Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. From there, you
continue following along the coast to reach the fascinating Giant’s Causeway with its unique rock formations. With time to read about the ancient history that links this place to Scotland & makes it so fascinating, you complete your walk along the coast. Both walks will follow the same route today with a shorter distance (earlier stop) if necessary for some.
At the end of your day, a trip to Bushmills Distillery introduces you to the delights of Irish whiskeys. Return to your accommodation for dinner & overnight.
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 150mts. Narrow & grassy trails which can be muddy & stony underfoot, beach & sand dune walking, uneven sections, paved roads & some stepping stones.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. Highest point: 150mts. Narrow & grassy trails which can be muddy & stony underfoot, beach & sand dune walking, uneven sections, paved roads & some stepping stones.
Leaving the Antrim Coast after breakfast, we travel west to reach the City of Derry. Here, we enjoy a short walk around the City walls, learning about the history of this region & the influence that has made Northern Ireland so well known throughout the world. Continuing west from here, you arrive to the magnificent Glenveagh National Park. This is a beautiful location and a super place to discover on foot. Your choice of walks are as follows:-
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 5kms at Glenveagh. Highest point: 50mts. Gravel tracks & board walks with some rocky & uneven sections.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms at Glenveagh. Highest point: 100mts. Gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, stepping stones, board walks & boggy underfoot conditions.
From Dunfanaghy, a short drive takes you to the impressive Horn Head where you start your walk. This is a beautiful headland with views across to Tory Island, the Wild Atlantic Way & east towards Malin Head. For those of you who would prefer a gentler
walk today, you have the option to take a boat over to the beautiful & very historical Tory Island. Your walk options for today are:-
Tory Island: A short drive takes you just beyond Falcarragh where you take your ferry to Tory Island. Arriving to this very special place, the King of Tory will be happy to greet you and introduce you to the island. A super walk takes you to the north eastern end of the island where migratory sea birds can be seen in their hundreds. Before returning to the mainland, you should take the time to discover some of the artistic talents of the islanders with their rich & famous history of painting dating back to the legendary Derek Hill. Return by ferry back to your minivan & drive back to your accommodation for some free time to discover the delights
of Dunfanaghy. (Boat journey is approx. 50 mins each way)
Horn Head: Following the coast along a spectacular trail, this walk takes you close to sea cliffs with wonderful views of nesting birds as you follow west. From here, you reach the lofty heights of Horn Head and amazing views beyond. Continuing along the coast, you then return to your minivan via a more inland route and visiting an old Signal Tower along the way. Return to your accommodation in Dunfanaghy for your overnight & a free evening at your leisure.
1 & 2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 100mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks
with rocky & uneven sections, some off trail & Horn Head walk has rougher underfoot conditions.
Exposed cliff edges with no protection on both walks.
Travelling south & inland from Dunfanaghy, you reach the iconic Errigal Mountain – seen from afar all around this north western region of Ireland. The surrounding landscape around Errigal is a wild, untamed and beautiful landscape with stunning views over “The Poisoned Glen”, Dunlewy and Muckish Mountain. Today you have a choice of the following walks:
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 300mts. Grassy & boggy tracks with rocky & uneven sections, which can be wet & muddy underfoot.
2 Boot Walk Details –Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 750mts. Muddy & boggy off trail walk which can be very wet & slippery underfoot. Rocky & slippery towards the top with uneven ground which makes the climb all the more wonderful when you get there.
Today – you travel to the south western corner of this northern region of Ireland to reach the beautiful Glencolmcille. Right on the coast, this is a place apart with a rich monastic history & also an amazing story of survival in rural Ireland. The community in this part of Ireland are a resilient and dedicated people and a pleasure to meet & chat to. Your choice of walks is as follows:
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 250mts. Paved roads & gravel tracks, open hillside with rocky & uneven sections underfoot.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms. Highest point: 300mts. Paved roads & gravel tracks, grassy trails, open hillside with rocky & uneven sections that can be wet & boggy underfoot.
Driving to the southern shores of Donegal and overlooking Donegal Bay you reach the magnificent Slieve League. This is another of Ireland’s pilgrim mountains & offers a breath-taking hike to really impress you for your final walk. Your choice of walks is as follows:-
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 400mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails & off-trail walking. Can be wet & boggy underfoot. Exposed cliff edges at times.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 15kms. Highest point: 550mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & grassy, muddy trails. Off-trail walking over rough & uneven ground with steps up & down. Exposed cliff edges throughout the walk.
After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach Donegal town. From there, a bus service offers transfers to Dublin Airport, Sligo to join a train service, or north to Letterkenny & back to Belfast from there. If you need assistance for your onward journey plans – please do ask at time of booking & we will be delighted to advise. Your estimated arrival time to Donegal town is approx. 10am.